DRAGSTRIP COURAGE was formed when songwriter/guitarists Scott Janovitz and Mike Quinn, who had also done time in the Providence RI band Rhino, moved to Boston and began playing around town and developing their sound. During 1998, the band spent some time in the studio recording their first demos. These, along with several home recordings, became the seven song EP Prayers for the Lazy. This EP consisted of mostly loud-guitar pop with a couple of songs hinting at the direction the band was to take with the next recording. Through the rest of 1998 and the beginning of 1999, Dragstrip Courage played with three different line-ups, some three-piece and some four. Finally after nearly two years of juggling musicians, Scott and Quinn found a permanent third member. With the addition of drummer Dave Foy, the band had formed a more solid unit, allowing them to continue doing shows around Boston, Rhode Island, New York and Maine. In December of 1999, they headed into New Alliance studios with plenty of new material in hand. Having had both good and bad recording experiences with other producers and engineers, Dragstrip Courage felt that they had a better idea than anyone else of the direction in which the new material should go, so they decided to produce themselves. The result of two months of recording is Echo Rock, an 11-song LP which is a giant leap forward from the Prayers for the Lazy EP. Influenced by the sonic experimentation of the Beatles, Elvis Costello, Radiohead, and Wilco, Dragstrip Courage recorded their new songs like structures, building ideas and tearing down what didn't work. Having recorded the basic tracks, the band began layering guitars, pianos, organs, percussion, synthesizers, and vocals. Ideas were voiced. Some were used; others were shot down in a hail of insults from other band members. Days became weeks. Their minds played tricks on them; they played tricks back. Mistakes were made, friendships lost, and wonderful accidents happened. Ultimately, the band created a unique sound for Echo Rock that took even them by surprise. Each song on the record is a sonic landscape that creates a new environment in which to listen to and think about pop music. Since the complexities of "Echo Rock" proved challenging to reproduce at live shows, the search for additional musicians intensified. Liz DeBiase, keyboardist extraordinaire, was recruited by Dave at a pool tournament this past March. When Danish guitar legend Jesper Urban answered an ad at the end of April, the five-piece rock faction was complete. With both a strong record and a strong live show, Dragstrip Courage is now ready to conquer this planet.